PHMSA Notice of Administrative Discretion and Guidance for Renewal of RIN Approvals During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
PHMSA is issuing this notice to provide guidance and alert holders of requalification identification numbers (RIN) that it is temporarily waiving certain requalification requirements. PHMSA understands that, due to restrictions and limitations as a result of COVID-19, all RIN holders have not been able to obtain Independent Inspection Agency (IIA) pre-approval inspections as required by Hazardous Material Regulations. An IIA inspection is required to renew RINs, which allows an entity to inspect, test, certify, repair, or rebuild certain types of cylinders and pressure receptacles. The notice informs RIN holders of an alternative approval process if they are unable to obtain an IIA inspection prior to applying for renewal of their approval.